Our Korean client was a Seminary student and was offered a job as a Youth Minister with a Korean Church. We saw an opportunity to file an R visa for him, but the problem was that he had not received his graduation certificate nor had he been ordained yet. In May 2007 we filed the R-1 visa petition for him and R-2 petition for his family. They asked us for
R-1 /R-2 Religious workers
An R-1 Religious Worker visa holder, and R-2 spouse and family, is a foreign national who is coming to the United States temporarily to work as a minister or in another religious occupation at least part time (average of at least 20 hours per week) by a non-profit religious organization in the United States. The R-1 may be a minister, priest, monk, or lecturer. While Nonimmigrant religious workers must maintain the intent to depart the United States when their nonimmigrant stay expires, it is not infrequent that the nonimmigrant visa holder applies for initial admission, change of status, or extension of stay in R classification solely on the basis of a filed or an approved permanent labor certification application or a filed or approved immigrant visa petition. Read here about religious workers who have come to the United States to help make America better than every before.
Our office was contacted in April 2008 to provide Green Card evaluation for a religious leader of a newly established Buddhist group. After we talked to him, we were very impressed/fascinated with his personal and religious background, his education and career but in the meanwhile very puzzled by how he had worked in the United States. He just worked, everywhere, upon request and invitation. The organization was so loosely structured,
A Chinese Christian missionary minister and a local church leader came to our office last May with a biggest R-1 visa denial, denying everything about the petitioning church and the beneficiary under all R-1 visa requirements. The Petitioner is a missionary group who wanted to petition the R-1 visa for the beneficiary to work with the local church. The case was originally filed by a law firm in New York.
Religious worker R-1 application at US consulate in South Africa: We were hired by a local, fast growing protestant church to bring a long time member and experienced minister of the religious denomination from S. African to the United States to help with the Church’s growth and expansion. From the beginning we knew it’s going to be a hard case because the beneficiary really did not have many ties in
- EB-5 Immigrant Investor
- Green Card
- H-1B Temporary (Nonimmigrant) Workers
- I-130 Petition for Alien Relative
- I-140 Special Categories
- I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker
- Labor Certification
- Motion to Reopen
- O-1 Visa: Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement
- R-1 /R-2 Religious workers
- Temporary Protected Status
- VAWA – Violence Against Women Act
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